CALL OF THE KALAHARI - KALAHARI EDITION

Windhoek, Kalahari Namibia, Kalahari South, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (South Africa), Kakamas, Southern Namibia, Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, Fish River Canyon, Helmeringhausen and Sesriem

15 Days - 14 Nights 
Belvedere boutique hotel ( Windhoek ) - 1 night  B&B  

 

 

Zebra Kalahari lodge & Spa ( Kalahari Namibia )  - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

Kalahari game lodge ( Kalahari south ) - 2 nights  D, B&B  

 

 

Nossob rest camp ( Kgalagadi transfrontier park - South Africa ) - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

Twee rivieren rest camp ( Kgalagadi transfrontier park - South Africa ) - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

Vergelegen guesthouse & restaurant ( Kakamas) - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

Sandfontein lodge & nature reserve ( Southern Namibia ) - 2 nights D, B&B  

 

 

Ai Ais hotsprings resort ( Ai-Ais Richtersveld transfrontier park ) - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

Canyon lodge Gondwana collection Namibia ( Fish river canyon ) - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

Helmeringhausen hotel ( Helmeringhausen) - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

Desert Camp ( Sesriem ) - 2 nights D, B&B  

 

 


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D, B&B : Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

B&B : Bed and Breakfast

NAMIBIA

Located in south-western Africa, Namibia boasts a well-developed infrastructure, some of the best tourist facilities in Africa, and an impressive list of breath-taking natural wonders. Visitors can explore the capital of Windhoek and discover the lovely coastal town of Swakopmund boasting remnants of the country’s German influence, reflected in the architecture, culture, cuisine and the annual Oktoberfest celebrations. To appreciate this extraordinary country appropriately, you will have to venture out of the cities to explore the remarkable natural landscapes Namibia has to offer. These include: the impressive Fish River Canyon; the vast Etosha National Park teeming with abundant wildlife, such as lions, desert-adapted elephants and the Hartmann's Mountain Zebra; the hauntingly beautiful Kalahari Desert; and of course the Namib Desert stretching for over 2000 km along the magnificent Atlantic Coast. Namibia is an ideal destination for travellers seeking an unforgettable African experience in a uniquely beautiful untamed wilderness.

BANKING AND CURRENCY

Currency

The currency of Namibia is The Namibian Dollar (NAD; symbol N$) is in note denominations of N$200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of N$5, N$1, 50 cents, 10 cents and 5 cents. It is linked to the South African Rand (R) on a 1:1 basis (South African Rand = 100 cents). The South African Rand is also acceptable as currency in Namibia.

The import and export of local currency is limited to N$50,000. The import of foreign currency is unlimited, provided sums equal to or exceeding NAD5,000 are declared on arrival. Export of foreign currency is unlimited up to the amount imported and declared.

Banking

Banking hours: Monday - Friday 09h00 to 15h30 and Satuday 08h30 to 11h00

Banks are found in most towns, with most being closed on Sundays and public holidays. Most of them offer foreign exchange services - with cash, bank and credit cards as well as travellers  cheques. 

American Express, Diners Club, Mastercard and Visa are accepted. Credit cards are not usually accepted at petrol stations, so bear this in mind when you visit the ATM. Setting aside an emergency petrol cash fund is a good idea if you’re planning to drive.

You can also obtain cash from many of the ATMs. Several international banks have branches in main city centres. Always advise your bank that you are travelling outside of the country as they might block your purchases if they have not been informed. 

To avoid additional exchange rate charges, take traveller's cheques in US Dollars or South African Rand. In general, you can expect a better exchange rate for traveller’s cheques than for cash.

 


TRAVEL, TRANSPORT AND GETTING AROUND

 

Public transport in Namibia is geared towards the needs of the local populace, and is confined to main roads between major population centres. Although cheap and reliable, it is of little use to the traveller as most of Namibia’s tourist attractions lie off the beaten track.

It is easy to travel around Namibia by car, and a 2WD vehicle is perfectly adaquate for most journeys. However, long distances, poor mobile phone coverage outside of main towns and infrequent petrol stations that only accept cash mean that planning ahead is vital.

There are major airlines that fly into Windhoek and Swakopmund. Other destinations are reachable by car or charter flight. 

Namibians drive on the left and all signposts are in English. Seat belts must be worn at all times and talking in a mobile phone while driving is prohibited. The general speed limit is 120km/h on tarred roads outside of towns and 100km/h on gravel roads. In built up areas, the speed limit is 60km/h.

 


FOOD, DRINK AND CUISINE ADVICE

 

Traditional Namibian cuisine is rarely served and so the food at restaurants tends to be European in style and is, generally, of a very high standard. 

Namibia is very meat-orientated, and many menu options will feature steaks from various animals. However, there is usually a vegetarian and seafood section offered by most camps and restaurants.

In the supermarkets you'll find pre-wrapped fresh fruit and vegetables (though the more remote the areas you visit, the smaller your choice), and plenty of canned foods, pasta, rice, bread, etc. Most of this is imported from South Africa.

The water in Namibia's main towns is generally safe to drink, though it may taste a little metallic if it has been piped for miles. Natural sources should usually be purified, though water from underground springs and dry riverbeds seldom causes any problems. However, filtered and bottled water are readily available in most towns and all camps, lodges and hotels.

 


CLIMATE AND WEATHER

 

Partially covered by the Namib Desert, one of the world's driest deserts, Namibia's climate is generally very dry and pleasant – it's fine to visit all year round. Namibia only receives a fraction of the rain experienced by countries further east. Between about December to March some days will be humid and rain may follow, often in localised, afternoon thunderstorms. These are more common in the centre and east of the country, and more unusual in the desert.

April and especially May are often lovely months in Namibia. Increasingly dry, with a real freshness in the air, and much greenery in the landscape; at this time the air is clear and largely free from dust.

From June to August Namibia cools down and dries out more; nights can become cold, dropping below freezing in some desert areas. As the landscape dries so the game in the north of the country gravitates more to waterholes, and is more easily seen by visitors. By September and October it warms up again; game-viewing in most areas is at its best, although there's often a lot of dust around and the vegetation has lost its vibrancy.

November is a highly variable month. Sometimes the hot, dry weather will continue, at other times the sky will fill with clouds and threaten to rain – but if you're lucky enough to witness the first rains of the season, you'll never forget the drama.

 


CLOTHING AND DRESS RECOMMENDATIONS

 

Namibians have a somewhat relaxes attitude to dress codes. A jacket and tie is very unusual. In fact, long trousers and a shirt with buttons are often quite adequate for a formal occasion or work wear. A pair of sensible shoes, jeans and a t-shirt is recommended. 

During the day it is generally hot, so pack light weight loose fitting clothes in natural fabrics, such linen or cotton, that will keep you cool and are easy to wash and dry. 

Avoid blue clothing - the tsetse flies are drawn to the colour blue, and their bite can give you African Sleeping Sickness. 

Long sleeved shirts and long trousers will protect your against mosquitoes at night. 

 


ELECTRICITY AND PLUG STANDARDS

 

Electrical sockets in Namibia are Type M (SABS-1661). If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. If it's crucial to be able to plug in no matter what, bring an adapter for all types.

Electrical sockets in Namibia usually supply electricity at 230 volts AC / 50 Hz frequency. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 230 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need. If your appliance isn’t compatible with 230 volts, a voltage converter will be necessary.



SOUTH AFRICA

This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the 'Rainbow Nation', South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of cultures. Discover the gourmet restaurants, impressive art scene, vibrant nightlife and beautiful beaches of Cape Town; enjoy a local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browse the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sample some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotting the Cape Winelands. Some historical attractions to explore include the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world-famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.

BANKING AND CURRENCY

Currency

The currency is the Rand, which is divided into 100 cents. There are R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10 notes. Coins come in R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c.

Banking

Banks are found in most towns, and are generally open from 09h00 to 15h30 on weekdays and 08h30 to 11h00 on Saturdays (Closed Sundays and Public Holidays). Most of them offer foreign exchange services - with cash, bank & credit cards as well as travellers cheques. You can also obtain cash from automatic teller machines (ATMs). Several international banks have branches in the main city centres. Always advise your bank that you are travelling outside of the country as they might block your purchases if they are not informed. 

 


TRAVEL, TRANSPORT AND GETTING AROUND

 

Travelling around South Africa is relatively easy by air, road and rail.

Principal air routes are serviced by SAA and British Airways. There are also low-cost carriers on main routes, namely Kulula.com, Mango and Safair. Facilitating travel around South Africa are 10 airports managed by the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa). In addition, there are some 90 regional airports, including the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit and the Skukuza Airport, offering access to the Kruger National Park.

An extensive tarred road system makes travelling in South Africa by vehicle convenient and easy. You will find gravel roads in rural areas though. Please note that a valid international driver's licence is required. We drive on the left-hand side of the road. Most global car hire firms have branches in South Africa and Uber is available.

Another means of getting around South Africa are inter-city bus services such as Greyhound and Trans-Lux. Metrobus buses are available for in-city transport. Metered taxis must be ordered by telephone.There is the popular MyCityBus system in Cape Town as well as a hop-on-hop-off tourist bus in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

The rail system includes the long-haul, inexpensive Shosholoza Meyl Metrorail trains. More luxurious options are the Blue Train, Premier Classe and the steam train Rovos Rail.  There is also the Gautrain rapid transit railway system in Gauteng Province llinking Sandton and Marlboro to the O.R.Tambo International Airport and a Commuter Service linking Rhodesfield, Marlboro, and Sandton (east-west link) and Park, Rosebank, Sandton, Midrand, Centurion, Pretoria Central and Hatfield (north-south link). All stations with the exception of the Airport station have integrated car parking facilities.

 


FOOD, DRINK AND CUISINE ADVICE

 

Standards of hygiene in relation to food health and safety in South Africa, are generally high in hotels, restaurants, pubs and nightspots. Tap water in South Africa is safe to drink and cook with when taken from taps in urban areas. Not all tap water in rural areas is safe for consumption, so take precautions if necessary.

It is safe to eat fresh fruit, vegetables and salads, and put ice in your drinks. South Africa's fish, meat and chicken are of excellent quality, so there is no need to limit yourself when enjoying the local cuisine.

Restaurants are subject to South Africa's food safety control legislation, which is implemented by local government.  Regulations include certification and regular inspections by health inspectors to ensure hygienic standards are maintained.

Street food is not as common in South Africa as it is in other countries, although vendors selling traditional snacks and meals can be found in city centres and townships. Food safety in such instances cannot always be guaranteed.

 


CLIMATE AND WEATHER

 

South African temperatures, which are measured in centigrade, average at highs of 28°C to average lows of 8°C in the summer months while winter temperatures range from 1°C at night to around 18°C in the day.  Average annual rainfall is on the low side at under 500mm a year, making the country somewhat dry.  Much of the rain falls in the Western Cape in the winter, differing from the rest of the country, which experiences summer rainfall. On the plus side, the South African climate boasts more than its fair share of sunshine, recording an average of 8.5 hours a day.

 


CLOTHING AND DRESS RECOMMENDATIONS

 

Summer

Bring clothes that are cool, light and comfortable because summer temperatures can get well into the 30 - 40 degree Celsius range in some areas. Also bring an umbrella or raincoat during summer as this is when most of the country gets its rain, but don't forget a swimming costume (bathing suit).

Winter

The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers.  But there are days when temperatures dive, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg, so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. Cape Town gets its rain during the winter season so it’s advisable to bring rain gear along.

General

Always bring a hat, sunglasses and sunblock as the sun can be strong even in the winter months.

Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.

If you are doing business in the country, business attire  (suit and tie) is generally called for in the corporate sector, but media for example generally dress more casually.

For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there's no need to go overboard. A good pair of walking shoes is also advisable.

For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, smart-casual attire is recommended.

 


ELECTRICITY AND PLUG STANDARDS

 

Electrical sockets in the Republic of South Africa are Type M (SABS-1661).  If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. If it's crucial to be able to plug in no matter what, bring an adapter for all types.

Electrical sockets in South Africa usually supply electricity at 230 volts AC / 50 Hz frequency. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 230 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need. If your appliance isn’t compatible with 230 volts, a voltage converter will be necessary.

 

DAY 1 : WINDHOEK

Arrive at the Windhoek international airport and spend the first night of your Kalahari adventure at the Belvedere Boutique Hotel, a small friendly guest establishment in the eastern suburbs of Windhoek.

 

     
     

  

DAY 2 : KALAHARI NAMIBIA

Drive to the western edges of the Namibian part of the dune Kalahari and spend the afternoon at  Zebra Kalahari Lodge with an exciting game drive that lasts until sunset, when the traditional "Sundowner", Gin & Tonic, a glass of wine or sparkling wine will be served on top of a dune with an undisturbed view to the horizon.

     
     





DAYS 3 - 4 : KALAHARI SOUTH

The next two nights are spent at Kalahari Game Lodge situated in the red Kalahari of the southern Kalahari dune world. Undertake game drives in search of the famous black-maned Kalahari lion and many other desert game.

     
     

 


DAY 5 : KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK ( SOUTH AFRICA )

Full day game viewing in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park while you transfer to Nossob Rest Camp. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park covers parts of the Botswana and south African Kalahari desert ecosystem. Good chances of seeing cheetah and lion amongst many other game.

 

     
     





DAY 6 : KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK ( SOUTH AFRICA )

Spend another day game viewing in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park on your way to Twee Rivieren (Two Rivers) Rest Camp, where you will sleep for the second night in the park. The camp comprises a shop, restaurant and fuel station and the border control post between South Africa and Botswana.



 
     
     




DAY 7 : KAKAMAS

Leaving the park today you are headed south towards Augrabies Falls via Upington. Visit the Falls in the afternoon. the Khoi Bushmen called the Waterfalls "Aukoerebis" or "Place of Great Noise" owing to the waters that thunder through the gorge and fall some 56 metres down the abyss. Sleep over at the cosy Vergelegen Guesthouse near the town of Kakamas.



     
     




DAYS 8 - 9 : SOUTHERN NAMIBIA

The next two nights are spent at Sandfontein Lodge . Crossing the Orange River back into Namibia  the 800 sq.km nature reserve lies on the banks of South Africa's longest river, that divides Namibia from its neighbour country. enjoy scenic drives, walking safaris, or fishing and canoeing on the Orange River.

 
     
     
 


DAY 10 : AI-AIS RICHTERSVELD TRANSFRONTIER PARK

Your next destination is Ai-Ais at the end of the Fish River Canyon. It features sulphurous thermal hot water springs and forms part of the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. Once you have settled in wallow in the open-air heated swimming pool or spend the afternoon in the indoor spa. There are hiking trails around the camp if you want to go for a walk.

 

     
     



DAY 11 : FISH RIVER CANYON

Drive from Ai-Ais to Hobas entrance gate and the main viewpoint at the Fish River Canyon.  The Fish River canyon consists of an upper canyon, where river erosion was inhibited by hard gneiss bedrocks, and a lower canyon formed after erosion had finally worn through the gneisses. 

Upstream, the river runs through horizontal dolomite strata; these metamorphic rocks formed part of the canyon. About 650 million years ago (Mya), plate movement formed a north-south graben, or lowered area, along which the ancient Fish River could flow and eventually erode a flat plain, which is today's upper canyon. Glaciation at around 300 Mya, part of the Dyka glaciation during the Karoo Ice Age, further deepened the canyon. About 60 Mya, South America and Africa separated (due to continental drift) and Africa rose significantly; the consequentially increased gradient of the Fish River enabled it to erode the lower canyon into the hard gneisses, forming the current deeply twisting, meandering system of the lower canyon.

From here return to Canyon Lodge for check-in. In the afternoon you have the opportunity for a nature drive with the lodge.

 

     
     


ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Fish river canyon : Carving out an epic rocky wonderland in the south of Namibia, the Fish River has created Africa’s largest and the world’s second largest canyon. Hot, dry and stony, the Fish River Canyon measures a whopping 160 kilometres in length, at times 27 kilometres in width and 550 metres in depth. The awe-inspiring natural beauty of this ancient geological marvel draws visitors from around the globe. For those looking for adventure, the intense 85 kilometre Fish River Hiking Trail through1.5 billion years of geological history will definitely thrill avid adventure enthusiasts, and for visitors looking to relax, head over to the canyon's southern end to enjoy a soak in the mineral waters of the renowned hot springs of Ai-Ais, or take in the spectacularly scenic views from Hobas Restcamp as well as numerous other viewpoints along its rim. Other popular activities include: scenic chartered flights, horse riding, nature drives and seasonal kayaking.

 

 
 
     




DAY 12 : HELMERINGHAUSEN

Visit the canyon in the early morning light as the sun sun touches the western and southern flanks with its first rays. Then continue your travel to Bethanie to visit the small museum in the Schmelen House, long considered to be Namibia's oldest stone building, erected in 1814 by the missionary Johann Heinrich Schmelen. From here Helmeringhausen is only a stone throw away, we you will overnight in the quaint Helmeringhausen Country Hotel with its exquisite cuisine.

 

     
     


ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Visit the museum in the Schmelen House at Bethanie
 



DAYS 13 - 14 : SESRIEM

Continue your travel north towards Sossusvlei. Visit the Duwisib Castle en route. This castle was built 1908 by the German colonial officer captain Hans Heinrich von Wolf and completed in 1909.  Von Wolf was a passionate horse breeder and what are said to be descendants of their horses can be seen today roaming free and wild as Namib Desert Horses along the roadside and in the restricted diamond areas, although whether this is the origin of these herds is not accurately known. drive on to reach Desert Camp, your safe haven for the next two nights,  near the entrance of the Namib Naukluft Park in the mid afternoon. 

the next morning visit dune 45, the Dead Vlei near Sossusvlei and the Sesriem Canyon. In the late afternoon you have the opportunity to participate in a leisurely sundowner drive to see the sun set over the western dunes.

Springbok in Sossusvlei
     
     





ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Dune 45 :  Named for its location 45 kilometres past the town of Sesriem, Dune 45 is renowned for its elegant shape, which – along with its position close to the road – have earned it the distinction of ‘most photographed dune in the world’. If you’re not keen for the strenuous hike to the top of Big Daddy, Dune 45 is a more forgiving alternative, standing at only 80 metres and featuring a much gentler gradient.

 
     
     



Dead Vlei : This ancient clay pan was once an oasis, studded with acacias and fed by a river that suddenly changed course, leaving the earth to dry up along with the trees it previously supported. So dry were the climatic conditions that the trees never decomposed – instead they were entirely leached of moisture so that today, 900 years later, they remain as desiccated, blackened sentinels dotting the pan’s cracked surface. Surrounded by the red-pink dunes of the Namibia Desert, they create a surreal spectacle that is a photographer's dream.


 
     
     


Sossusvlei - the red dunes : This magnificent desert wilderness of vast, rust-coloured sand dunes, clay pans and petrified forests lies in the Namib-Naukluft Park. Formed over countless centuries, some of the dunes measure up to 300 metres in height and are among the highest in the world. In the rare event of an especially wet rainy season, the ‘vlei’ – meaning marsh or wetland – of Sossusvlei fills up with water, and its glistening surface forms a strikingly beautiful contrast with the reddish dunes.



 
     
     



Sesriem Canyon : 
Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon.


 
   
     


DAY 15 : END OF ITINERARY

Having arrived at the end of your Africa adventure, return to the airport for your flight back home.

WINDHOEK

Situated in Central Namibia, the cosmopolitan city of Windhoek serves as the capital of the country. It is home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options. The city is clean, safe and well organised, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, and the widespread use of the German language. Windhoek has an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, many of which are worth a look, including the Alte Feste an old fort, the 1896 Christuskirche Christ Church, and the more contemporary Supreme Court.

Belvedere boutique hotel - Windhoek

Belvedere Boutique Hotel is a unique, up-market sanctuary for the modern day traveler. The hotel is conveniently situated in Ludwigsdorf, Klein Windhoek - Belvedere is an exclusive boutique hotel boasting a total of 18 individualized rooms – equipped for both the business traveler and tourist.

The luxurious living area offers the perfect venue for meeting with business acquaintances and the stylish cigar lounge equipped with flat screen television and music centre is the perfect place to relax with friends before a night out. In Summer you can relax on the wooden deck next to a bubbling jacuzzi or cool off in the sparkling pool. The fireplace adds to the cozy atmosphere of our Boutique Hotel and is guaranteed to warm the coldest night.

Your Stay: 1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
Standard rooms

Our Standard Room are furnished modern but elegant, providing the perfect retreat for the business or leisure traveler. The room offers a double bed, coffee/tea station, air conditioner, TV, safe, hair dryer and mini bar


 
     
     

Luxury rooms

Our Luxury Rooms are spacious, furnished modern but elegant and overlook the lavish hotel garden. The room offers a queen size bed, coffee/tea station, air conditioner, TV, hair dryer and safe.


 
     
     


Family room

Our Family Room are furnished modern but elegant, providing the perfect retreat for families. There are two bedrooms, one with a queen size bed and the other offers a bunk bed for two children


   
     
     


Penthouse

Our Penthouse Suite is spacious, furnished modern but elegant and overlooks the lavish hotel garden. The room is fitted with a king size bed, Espresso coffee machine, air conditioner, hair dryer and safe.

 
     
     

PROPERTY FACILITIES

Internet Access, Pool, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Complimentary Wi-Fi, En-Suite, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Mini Bar, Safe, Satellite - Cable Television, Shower, Tea - Coffee

SERVICES

Credit Card, Laundry Service

KALAHARI NAMIBIA

Spreading across Botswana, South Africa and Namibia, the Kalahari meaning 'the great thirst' is an exceptionally beautiful living desert. The landscape is characterised by a large semi-arid sandy savannah draped over a gently rolling inland sea of sand covering most of Botswana and large parts of Namibia and South Africa. It is also the last bastion of the indigenous San people with the modern world having enveloped all the other areas they once roamed. The Namibian portion is made up of red sands covered in thin, wispy, mostly golden grass and dotted with acacia trees and wide-ranging wildlife including gemsbok, impala, jackals and cheetah.

Zebra Kalahari lodge & Spa - Kalahari Namibia

Simply stylish and elegant, the Zebra Kalahari Lodge is the most decadent of the 3 lodges on the Intu Afrika Private Game Reserve. After a short drive through the contrasting Kalahari Desert where game languishes under trees or in pans, guests are welcomed with a much-needed refreshing drink and a smile as warm as the desert sun. The gurgling fish pond and the beautiful stone and wood buildings immediately soothe one’s soul and guests are ushered into the coolness of the lounge area overlooking a rather vibrant waterhole and swimming pool whilst logistics are efficiently handled. The rooms areas are huge and the walls are decorated with ancient African masks and ebony furnishings and are fitted with air conditioners, a minibar, a hairdryer and a coffee and tea station with a very large bathroom leading out to an outside shower. There are 8 rooms adjacent to the lodge area which consists of a lounge with comfortable leather seats, a dining area on a deck mirroring the waterhole and swimming pool and a bar. This lodge is ideal for families or for more mature travellers as the facilities at the main lodge are easily accessible from their rooms.
Your Stay: 1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Standard room

Our spacious, air-conditioned Standard Rooms are connected to the main building of the lodge. The rooms have an en-suite bathroom with indoor & outdoor shower, a lounge, desk, mini-bar & coffee/tea facility. Outside terrace overlooking the Kalahari Desert


PROPERTY FACILITIES

Bar, Conference Centre, Internet Access, Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, En-Suite, Fan, Fireplace, Hair Dryer, Heater, Internet, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Smoking Rooms, Tea / Coffee, Verandah

SERVICES

Credit Card, Laundry Service, Room Service

KALAHARI SOUTH

Neighbouring Botswana, in southeastern Namibia, the renowned Kalahari Desert spans over the spectacularly scenic landscape in the south which features small red-orange dunes, similar to those of the world-famous Sossusvlei. This semi-arid southern terrain is covered with a thin layer of golden savanna and forms part of the Kalahari Basin. This landscape of ancient dunes and yellow grasslands is home to an array of desert-adapted wildlife who call southern Kalahari home including: antelope, spotted hyena, cheetah, meerkat, ostrich, gemsbok, porcupine, the Kalahari lion and a large number of migratory birds. Visitors can discover centuries-old Bushmen paintings, soak up the magnificent views of the southern Kalahari and stay over in one of the many lodges in the area and enjoy nature walks, nature drives and horse riding.

KALAHARI GAME LODGE - KALAHARI SOUTH

The Kalahari Game Lodge (KGL) is a luxury private game farm situated next to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on the south-eastern boarder of Namibia.

This oasis surrounded by red sand is a mere 18 km west of the newly opened Mata-Mata border post, making it easily accessible for not only visitors in Namibia, but also those visiting South Africa. The KGL has eight luxury chalets with beautiful views of the Auob river.

For the more adventurous, there are six secluded campsites in the Auob riverbed.

Your Stay: 2 Nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Luxury en-suite Chalet

Chalets have 2 x three quarter beds. No Family units- bed rolls for 2 children under 9 can be added - enquire directly from reservations. Small kitchenette and en-suite bathroom. Patio overlooking the Auob Riverbed with views of the Red Kalahari dunes.

   
     
     



Campsite

Six exclusive campsites that are widely spread. Each has its own private ablution facilities. Solar lights (own lighting advised) and solar geyser (or donkey boiler). There is no electricity available. No meal pre-booking - enquire at check-in.

   
     
     

PROPERTY FACILITIES

Bar, Barbeque Facilities, Internet Access, Malaria Free, Pool, Restaurant

ROOM FACILITIES

En-Suite, Fan, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Mini Bar, Safe, Shower

SERVICES

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SOUTH AFRICA

This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the 'Rainbow Nation', South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of cultures. Discover the gourmet restaurants, impressive art scene, vibrant nightlife and beautiful beaches of Cape Town; enjoy a local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browse the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sample some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotting the Cape Winelands. Some historical attractions to explore include the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world-famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.

KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK (S. AFRICA)

Situated between the borders of Botswana and Namibia, Kalahari Gemsbok National Park covers nearly 10, 000 squares kilometres of orange sand dunes, solitary trees, dry river beds and scattered grasses. However, since no barrier separates Kalahari Gemsbok National Park from the adjacent Gemsbok National Park of Botswana, an area of 36, 000 square kilometres lies open for Africa’s wildest animals to roam freely. This dry, stark, hauntingly beautiful desert land is part of Africa’s first transfrontier park, ensuring that conservation is the top priority for this vast ecosystem and its inhabitants.

Nossob rest camp - Kgalagadi transfrontier park ( South Africa )

If it's impressive settings that make or break the atmosphere of a rest camp, there's no question as to what Nossob is made of. Slashed across the dry riverbed of the Nossob, in the middle of one of the area's impressive tree savannah, Nossob Rest Camp is made well known for its predator sightings. This 38,000km² park offers the finest in big-five spotting opportunities and self-catering accommodation.

Your Stay : 1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Twee rivieren rest camp - Kgalagadi transfrontier park ( South Africa )

The wondrous Twee Rivieren Rest Camp is idyllically located in the magical Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, where one can admire striking red sand dunes offset by sparse, hardy vegetation and resilient desert wildlife.

The campsite, which is the park's largest camp and administrative headquarters, occupies an impressive position on the dry Nossob river bed. The property boasts campsites, tented camps, and self-catering options, with the capacity to sleep around 288 guests. Additionally, there is 24-hour electricity and cell phone reception. The nearby Twee Rivieren has a reception, a shop, fuel, a restaurant, information centre and swimming pool.

Your Stay : 1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

KAKAMAS

The pretty, underrated farm town of Kakamas rests on the banks of the Orange River in the Northern Cape, near the border with Namibia and just south-west of Upington. Boasting gorgeous natural springs, excellent wine tasting opportunities and a private game reserve, the town is a little-known destination with much to offer. Visitors can relax in the stunning, turquoise The Riemvasmaak Hot Springs which have been converted into pristine pools set deep in the ravines, surrounded by wild fig trees. Animal lovers can spot leopards and a huge array of brightly coloured birds at the Khamkirri Private Game Reserve, while gourmands can indulge in a range of spectacular flavours at the wine estates and world-class restaurants. Other highlights include: functioning water wheels on the canals, the historic German war graves, and a range of outdoor sports.

Vergelegen Guest House & restaurant - Kakamas

Vergelegen Guest House was built especially with keeping the guests needs in mind. Situated on the outskirts of Kakamas on a beautiful farm setting near the world famous Augrabies Falls. One overlooks the contrast of barren landscapes and lush green vine yards of the Orange river valley.
The guest house offers 25 luxurious and comfortable en-suite rooms each with a personal touch. Family and Self Catering units also available. All rooms have private entrances which walk out on a covered patio with patio furniture. Take time to relax at the swimming pool under the African sun or take a walk down to the river. In winter you can relax at our cozy fireplace.
THE GUEST HOUSE  (AA Awards Finalist)
All rooms have air-conditioning and heating. Provided in the rooms are Flat screen televisions with selected DSTV channels, bar fridges, safes, coffee and tea facilities. All linen and towels, and complimentary amenity kit are provided. Additional services include: laundry services, private braai area and e-mail and fax facilities. Wake up calls and room service available. 24 Hour reception.
Vergelegen is a convenient stop-over or holiday base for tourist, nature lovers, businessmen and travellers alike. It offers friendly, informal country hospitality at affordable rates.
THE RESTAURANT (Awarded Best Country Restaurant in SA)
On the premises you can dine in our award winning a le carte restaurant which had numerous write-ups. Our menu in the restaurant consists of local traditional fare and our wine list the best of the local Cellars and Cape Wines. In winter dine at the fireplace and in summer outside on the patio and enjoy sundowners and a hearty meal. A feast of cuisine to excite everybody’s taste buds is prepared by the owners and their well trained staff. We cater for vegetarians. Fully licensed.
Facilities for conferences for up to 30 people. Catering available on request. Ideal for private meetings and promotions. Catering for all occasions, venues and functions.
Cocktail Bar and Coffee Shop available on premises for our guests convenience
Your Stay : 1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Luxury single en suite room

Consist of one en suite room with King-size bed,Flat screen TV with DSTV, bathroom with shower or bath, private covered patio. All rooms have air-conditioning and heating. Provided in the rooms are Flat screen televisions with selected DSTV channels, bar fridges, safes, coffee and tea facilities. All linen and towels, and complimentary amenity kit are provided. Additional services include: laundry services, private braai area and e-mail and fax facilities. Wake up calls and room service available on request. FREE WiFi and secure parking.

Single use only (1 person)

 
   
     


Luxury double en suite room

Consist of one en suite room with King-size bed,Flat screen TV with DSTV, bathroom with shower or bath, private covered patio. All rooms have air-conditioning and heating. Provided in the rooms are Flat screen televisions with selected DSTV channels, bar fridges, safes, coffee and tea facilities. All linen and towels, and complimentary amenity kit are provided. Additional services include: laundry services, private braai area and e-mail and fax facilities. Wake up calls and room service available on request. FREE WiFi and secure parking.

Double or Twin use only. (max. 2 people)

 
   
     


Luxury Family en suite room

Consist of one en suite room with King-size bed,Flat screen TV with DSTV, bathroom with shower or bath, private covered patio. All rooms have air-conditioning and heating. Provided in the rooms are Flat screen televisions with selected DSTV channels, bar fridges, safes, coffee and tea facilities. All linen and towels, and complimentary amenity kit are provided. Additional services include: laundry services, private braai area and e-mail and fax facilities. Wake up calls and room service available on request. FREE WiFi and secure parking.

Family use only. 1 Double bed and one single bed (max. 3 people)

 
   
     


Luxury Family en suite unit

Consist of two interlinked en suite rooms. One with King-size bed and single bed and the other two single beds ,Flat screen TV with DSTV, bathroom with shower or bath, private covered patio. All rooms have air-conditioning and heating. Provided in the rooms are Flat screen televisions with selected DSTV channels, bar fridges, safes, coffee and tea facilities. All linen and towels, and complimentary amenity kit are provided. Additional services include: laundry services, private braai area and e-mail and fax facilities. Wake up calls and room service available on request. FREE WiFi and secure parking.

Family use only. 1 Double bed and 1 single bed in the one room and 2 single beds in the other room. (max. 3 people)

 
   
     
     


Luxury self catering suite

Consist of one en suite room with King-size bed,Flat screen TV with DSTV, bathroom with shower and bath, separate Kitchen with lounge, private covered patio/courtyard with gas braai.

All rooms have air-conditioning and heating. Provided in the rooms are Flat screen televisions with selected DSTV channels, fridges, safes, coffee and tea facilities. All linen and towels, and complimentary amenity kit are provided. Additional services include: laundry services, private braai area and e-mail and fax facilities. Wake up calls and room service available on request. FREE WiFi and secure parking.

Family use only. 1 Double bed and one single bed (max. 3 people)

 
   
     


Self catering luxury studio apartment

Consist of 3 bedrooms with two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, lounge with TV(DSTV),DVD/CD player, office and private courtyard with braai facilities

All rooms have air-conditioning and heating. Provided in the rooms are, safes, coffee and tea facilities. All linen and towels, and complimentary amenity kit are provided. Additional services include: laundry services, private braai area and e-mail and fax facilities. Wake up calls and room service available on request. FREE WiFi and secure parking.

Unit consist of 3 bed rooms. Main bedroom with double bed and en suite bathroom. The other two rooms with 2 single beds each. (6 people max.)

 
   
   

PROPERTY FACILITIES

Bar, Barbeque Facilities, Internet Access (Complimentary), Library, Malaria Free, PoolBar, Barbeque Facilities, Conference Centre, Disability Services, Gym (nearby), Internet Access, Malaria Free, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Cooking Equipment, Cooking Facilities, Disabled Rooms, En-Suite, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Heater, Internet, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Outside Shower, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television, Verandah

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SOUTHERN NAMIBIA

Southern Namibia offers a harsh but beautiful environment stretching from the Orange River up to the Central Namibian highlands, Southern Namibia is epitomised by vast, slowly changing landscapes. The breathtakingly beautiful landscape features the Naukluft mountains, Namib desert dunes, and the Fish River Canyon. Southern Namibia is dotted with quiver trees, covered in golden grasslands, and crowned with burnt red dunes fringed by blue sky-lines. A spectacular array of wildlife roams freely including klipspringer, oryx and kudu. Visitors can soak up the breathtaking views of the Fish River Canyon, discover the wild desert horses near Aus, and explore the famous ghost town of Kolmanskop. Don't miss the ancient ochre dunes of Sossusvlei.

Sandfontein lodge & nature reserve - Southern Namibia

Sandfontein Lodge & Nature Reserve is a private hideaway in Namibia with magical mountain scenery and just five eco-conscious bungalows.

With epic river views and scorched, rocky landscapes that extend as far as the eye can see, Sandfontein is a nature reserve like no other. You’ll sense it on arrival, when your prop-driven plane circles the nature-inspired lodge, and in the warm morning sunlight, when you’re taken on a scenic drive across the savannah.

Thoughtfully isolated from one another, Sandfontein’s five thatched bungalows are private, indulgent and oozing with Namibian charm. Each has been built using locally sourced materials to help protect the environment, and from the wide-open terraces to the lavish floor-to-ceiling windows, every aspect has been designed to help you soak up the sheer size and beauty of the game reserve.

All of the bungalows at Sandfontein face east, so each morning you can enjoy energizing views of the sun rising up from behind the hills. The airy bathrooms go beyond the usual standards of luxury, providing space for you to kick back and pamper yourself in total serenity. Healing, eco-friendly Africology products make freshening up a heady delight, and there are always luxuriously soft towels to dry off with. For the ultimate upgrade, choose Sandfontein’s one-of-a-kind suite, which has a beautiful burnished bathtub overlooking the yawning Sandfontein Valley.

After a romantic lunch by the pool, the choice is simple: set out to discover the reserve’s incredible plants and creatures, or spend an indulgent hour or two in the cosy main lodge building, where mountain views flood into the soulful bar area.

Your Stay : 2 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Bungalow standard

Double or twin beds in each bungalow with en-suite bathroom, linen, towels, fridge, and heating, eco-friendly Africology products.

 
   
     


Suite standard

Queen bed with en-suite bathroom, linen, towels, fridge, heating, eco-friendly Africology products. Our suite also has a beautiful burnished bathtub overlooking the Sandfontein Valley and outdoor shower.

 
     
     
PROPERTY FACILITIES

Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Pool, Secure Parking, Spa


ROOM FACILITIES

Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Hair Dryer, Laundry Facilities, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Pure Cotton Linen, Shower

AI-AIS RICHTERSVELD TRANSFRONTIER PARK

Formed in 2003, the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park united Namibia’s Ai-Ais Hot Springs Park and South Africa’s Richtersveld National Park into a single, cross-country entity. Though it may appear barren at first glance, this rugged wilderness shelters an astounding profusion of endemic and indigenous plants that are adapted to the arid environment, as well as a wealth of small mammals and reptiles. Other highlights of the park include the Fish River Canyon (the second-largest of its kind on the planet), the Orange River and its mountain backdrop, and the mineral-rich Ai-Ais hot springs.

Ai-Ais Hotsprings resort

Welcome to Ai Ais Resort in Fish River Canyon Namibia for all your accommodation needs. Ai Ais Resort in Fish River Canyon offers quality accommodation for holiday or business travel. Offering an excellent place to relax around the thermal baths & heated swimming pool, especially after a hot, dusty drive or when completing the Fish River hiking trail. It is the ideal destination when heading towards South Africa, or north to Sossusvlei and Windhoek, for individual travellers and families alike.

Ai-Ais, which means "burning water" in one of the local languages, refers to the sulphurous hot springs which are found in this area. The resort lies at the southern end of the Fish River conservation area and offers a welcome respite to visitors, especially hikers at the end of their walk through the Fish River Canyon. The main attraction at the resort is the spa complex. The extreme heat of the springs date back to 1850 when they were discovered by a Nama herder searching for his lost sheep. Facilities include a restaurant and bar, serving buffet meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seating up to 100 visitors. Other facilities include a laundry and room service, secure parking and up-to-date disabled ramps into all buildings, including the rooms.

Free WIFI / DSTV / 24hr Reception / Wheelchair friendly / Braai Areas / Air conditioned / Swimming Pool / Restaurant / Bar / Secure Parking

Your Stay : 1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

FISH RIVER CANYON

Carving out an epic rocky wonderland in the south of Namibia, the Fish River has created Africa’s largest and the world’s second largest canyon. Hot, dry and stony, the Fish River Canyon measures a whopping 160 kilometres in length, at times 27 kilometres in width and 550 metres in depth. The awe-inspiring natural beauty of this ancient geological marvel draws visitors from around the globe. For those looking for adventure, the intense 85 kilometre Fish River Hiking Trail through1.5 billion years of geological history will definitely thrill avid adventure enthusiasts, and for visitors looking to relax, head over to the canyon's southern end to enjoy a soak in the mineral waters of the renowned hot springs of Ai-Ais, or take in the spectacularly scenic views from Hobas Restcamp as well as numerous other viewpoints along its rim. Other popular activities include: scenic chartered flights, horse riding, nature drives and seasonal kayaking.

Canyon lodge Gondwana collection Namibia - Fish River Canyon

Canyon Lodge is located 20 km east of the Fish River Canyon on the C 37.

A gem in the rugged environment, Canyon Lodge is a fusion of farmhouse flavour and natural splendour. Walkways lead to 30 natural stone chalets nestled amongst granite boulders. Celebrate dawn amongst the quiver trees and the aweinspiring adventure of life from the rim of the Fish River Canyon.

 

Your Stay : 1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Info: Lodge

Spoken languages : Afrikaans, English, German

Nº rooms : 25

Special interests : Birding, Flora, Hiking, Nature, Relaxation, Wildlife, Wine

Canyon lodge

Canyon lodge interiors

Standard twin room

The rooms are nestled against granite bolders and the natural rocks are incorporated into the rooms. The rooms have twin beds, en suite bathrooms (showers only) and air conditioners.


 
   
     



Standard triple room

The rooms are nestled against granite bolders and the natural rocks are incorporated into the rooms. The rooms have 3 beds, en suite bathrooms (showers only) and air conditioners.


 
   
     



Standard family room

The rooms are nestled against the granite bolders.The family rooms are airconditioned, open plan and have 2 single beds and a double bed with an en suite bathroom. There are only 2 family rooms, 1 room with only a bath and another with a bath and a shower.


 
   
     

 

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Bar, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Internet Access (Paid), Laundry Service (Available), Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Hair Dryer, Laundry Service (Available), Mosquito Nets, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah

SERVICES

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Excursion into the Fish River canyon area

Experience the wild expanse of the Gondwana Canyon Park where the fences of ten farms were dismantled to recreate a Namibian Eden. Take a guided drive to the Fish River Canyon to be inspired by new perspectives. Join a 3-4 day Canyon Trail for an experience of a lifetime. Meander along the 4x4 Wildebeest Drive watching plains animals. Celebrate sunrise amidst the quiver trees and sunset from a hillock, overlooking spectacular scenery. The Canyon lodges are comfortable havens to take a break from the road. Explore and discover the ancient wonderland, or simply luxuriate in the peace, lounging at the poolside, snoozing in the coolness of your chalet or sitting on the terrace dipping into a book.


 
 
     



Morning hike

This hike (about 6 km) takes you right into Gondwana Canyon Park. You are accompanied by a guide who will gladly share his knowledge about the fascinating desert landscape around the canyon. This Tour does not go the Fish River Canyon. (Approx. 3 hours)


 
 
     



Sunrise walk

We drive you to a spot with a grand view. Watch the sunrise while enjoying coffee and tea. Then we walk back the short distance to the lodge. This tour does not include the Fish River Canyon. (Approx. 1 hour)


 
 
     


Hike from the village to the lodge

A hiking trail takes you from Canyon Village up to a mountain plateau. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the vast plains adjacent to the canyon. At ‘Archway Rock’ you start to make your way back into the plain and to the lodge. (2 - 3 hours)

 
 
     



Canyon drive

Especially for guests who want a break from the wheel or those on a fly-in safari. You are taken to the two major lookout points along the Fish River Canyon. Our guide will tell you all about the canyon's fascinating geology. (Approx. 3 hours)

 

 
 
     



Sundowner drive in Gondwana canyon park

The 3 hour drive is the perfect opportunity for you to acquaint yourself with the geology, flora and fauna of the Gondwana Canyon Park. This tour does not include the Fish River Canyon. It starts at Canyon Lodge or Canyon Village. Approx. 3 hours

 
   
     



Sundowner walk

All guests are invited to wrap up the day with a short excursion to our very own ‘local’ mountain. Have a drink and watch the sun go down.

 
 
     

RESTAURANTS

Canyon Lodge dining area

HELMERINGHAUSEN

Isolated on private land, the tiny village of Helmeringhausen was founded during the German colonial era. Here, at the edge of the Namib Desert, one can enjoy an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity that only the wilderness can provide. The town serves as an idyllic and convenient base for exploring the breathtaking Fish River Canyon, the largest in Africa, with its technicolour scenes and refreshing turquoise pool; nearby Luderitz, with its mysterious ghost town and stunning coast; the astonishing landscapes of Sossusvlei; and the enthralling Naukluft National Park.

Helmeringhausen hotel - Helmeringhausen

The Helmeringhausen Hotel lies in the tiny settlement of Helmeringhausen in Southern Namibia. It was established during the German colonial era as a farm by a member (Mr Hubert Hester) of the Schutztruppe/German Colonial Infantry. Later it became famous for its Karakul sheep breeding and currently cattle and goats are farmed here. The hotel forms part of the historic 11,000 ha Farm Helmeringhausen and is an ideal stop-over on the drive between Lüderitz and the Namib-Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei or Fish River Canyon.

Hotel Helmeringhausen boasts a warm, cozy restaurant with exquisite meals and a refreshing swimming pool. Enjoy a cold beer or a glass of Cape Wine in the well-stocked fully licensed restaurant, whilst you catch up on all the local news or exchange travel information with fellow guests. There is also a cozy lounge with comfortable sofas and inviting fireplace. A hearty buffet breakfast, fresh farm produce for lunch and a three-course, set dinner menu are served in the restaurant.

Your Stay: 1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

SESRIEM

As there is no accommodation at Sossusvlei, visitors to this desert wilderness are likely to end up staying at Sesriem, 65 kilometres away, where camps and lodges serve as a base from which to explore the dunes. Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon.)

Desert camp - Sesriem

Self-catering at its Best amidst unparalleled Desert Beauty.

Desert Camp is situated just 5 km from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon in the Namib Nauklauft Park. Nestled under centuries old camel thorn trees, Desert Camp offers unsurpassed views over the Desert landscapes and surrounding mountains - An absolute must for the nature lover and photographer!

The 28 affordable self-catering accommodation units are equipped with an en-suite bathroom, shaded veranda with a fitted kitchenette, barbeque, power points and an adjacent parking area. Each air-conditioned room features twin beds and a fold-out sleeper couch to accommodate 2 small children (under 12) free of charge when sharing with 2 full paying adults. Utility boxes with most utensils needed are available at reception and fresh food supplies can be ordered daily.

Facilities at the main building include a fully stocked and serviced bar with big screen television, a sparkling swimming pool and 2 communal bomas with cooking and wash up facilities which are perfect for groups travelling together.

Meals can be enjoyed at the nearby Sossusvlei Lodge restaurant and their Adventure Centre offers a range of exciting Desert activities to explore the area.

A fully stocked shop, fuel and an Internet café is available at the Sossus Oasis Service Station.

Your Stay: 2 Nights, Dinner,  Bed & Breakfast
Info: Lodge
Nº rooms: 28 Rooms 
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English, German
Special Interests: Adventure, Nature, Relaxation, Wildlife
Self-catering units

The 28 individual self-catering accommodation units at Desert Camp are uniquely designed to blend in perfectly with the natural surrounding environment.
Each spacious air-conditioned bedroom feature twin beds, space for suitcases and a fold-out sleeper couch where two small children under the age of 12 years can be accommodated free of charge when sharing the room with two full paying adults. Please enquire with your booking to ensure preparations are made as required.
The en-suite bathroom comprises of wash basin with large mirror and vanity space, shelves and hanging space, an electronic safe as well as a separate toilet and spacious walk in shower.
On the outside the patio features a fitted kitchenette with wash up area, under counter fridge and 2-plate hob that is enclosed with a zip-up canvas cover. The barbeque facility and wooden bench for seating is ideally situated to enjoy the incredible views over the Desert landscapes and surrounding Naukluft mountains. Utility boxes with most utensils needed for self-catering are available at reception and fresh food supplies can be ordered daily.


 
 
 
 
 
PROPERTY FACILITIES

Bar, Barbeque Facilities, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Meal on Request, Pool, Secure Parking


ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Cooking Facilities, Disabled Rooms, En-Suite, Fridge, Safe, Shower, Verandah


SERVICES

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SOSSUSVLEI LODGE RESTAURANT NEARBY

Guests at Desert Camp who wish to not cook for themselves, can make use of our nearby Sossusvlei Lodge Restaurant which is about 5 minutes travel down the road towards the Namib Naukluft Park's entrance.
Sossusvlei Lodge is well known for sensational cuisine and many guests have praised especially the delectable buffet dinner experience.
The al fresco terrace offers magnificent views over Elim Dune and of the floodlit waterhole where you can watch the passing parade of oryx, springbok, jackal, ground squirrel and hyena, whilst enjoying exquisite food and wine.
Start your day with a scrumptious buffet breakfast with an extensive selection of all the favourite delectable breakfast foods and treats. For lunch the chef will spoil you with the mouth-watering meal of the day accompanied by a variety of salads and side dishes. An a 'la carte menu is available at the Sossusvlei Lodge Bar from 14h30 to 16h00. The popular buffet dinner will leave you spoiled for choice between the salads, side dishes, grilled meats and stir-fries - all prepared fresh and in front of every guest! For the perfect ending there is a range of decadent dessert sensations as well as a variety of cheeses and biscuits.